Our School and Local Area

Block A - Our School

This is a lively and fun topic to teach children fieldwork and observational skills as they study the geography of their schools, the grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment. We have included a final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.

Rosie the Hen takes a walk around the farmyard and then takes a second walk around our school! Plot a route for her and then answer her questions about the unique history of the school and its locality before carrying out a travel and traffic survey to answer more of Rosie’s questions.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Rosie's first walk

Bossy puppet gives directions and/or instructions to create a route. Children devise own route and record as a plan.  ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins.

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02: Rosie's second walk

Rosie takes a 2nd walk around our school!  She’s occasionally a little naughty and might run in the corridor, skip around the hall or knock on HT’s door and run away! Devise a route for Rosie.

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03: Rosie's questions

Can we answer Rosie’s questions about our school? But first we have to go on an egg hunt to find the questions, hidden in the outside learning area!

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04: I-Spy!

Invite visitors to share their local knowledge of school. Produce ‘I Spy’ booklets to highlight historical or geographical features of our school.

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05: Travel to school survey

Rosie’s noticed none of the children have wings – how do they get to school? They obviously can’t fly (as Rosie would!)

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06: Traffic survey

Rosie’s received a letter from a friend who is coming to visit! Friend doesn’t drive – how can they get to school? Which vehicles drive past our school?

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07: Time machine!

Wow! Rosie’s friend owns a time machine! Friend’s next visit is to the future! What will the schools be like then?